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Tempe closing the gap on the Grand Canal Multi-use Path

Provide input at public meetings on Sept. 14, 16

Post Date:09/04/2019 11:10 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. (Sept. 4, 2019) – Tempe is closing the gap on the Grand Canal Multi-use Path with a project that will allow continuous, low-stress, multi-modal travel, connecting the Grand Canal Path to the Rio Salado North Bank Path. The proposed project would include public art, lighting and rest nodes with amenities.

Residents are encouraged to attend public meetings to provide feedback on the preliminary designs for Phase II of the Grand Canal Multi-use Path on:

  • Saturday, Sept. 14

    9-10:30 a.m.
    City of Tempe Field Services Assembly Hall
    55 S. Priest Drive

  • Monday, Sept. 16
    5:30-7 p.m.
    City of Tempe Field Services Assembly Hall
    55 S. Priest Drive

The Grand Canal Phase II project will produce preliminary design concepts and a report for the feasibility of a connection between the Grand Canal and the Rio Salado North Bank paths. The proposed project is located north of Tempe Town Lake and south of Washington Street, between Priest and Lake View drives.

Although the Rio Salado North Bank and Grand Canal paths are less than a quarter mile apart, they are separated by SR-202, which is a barrier for continuous bicycle and pedestrian travel in the region. The goal of the feasibility report is to develop a preferred alignment for the connection, based on extensive public feedback, an environmental review, project constructability constraints and estimated project costs.

Once this project is completed, it will provide continuous low-stress multi-modal travel, connecting Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, allowing better access to employment, entertainment and education.

Grand Canal Phase II was awarded a Maricopa Association of Governments preliminary design grant of $67,500. Final design and construction for Phase II are unfunded at this time.

For more information, or to provide online input Sept. 14-29, please visit

Grand Canal Phase II Options

Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation

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